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15 Books in 2015

I don’t usually make New Years resolutions (because why wait for the start of the year to make a change? I prefer to spread my disappointment out over the year) but this year I’m making an exception.

I’m going to read 15 books in 2015, and I’m going to write reviews of them on Goodreads, then post the reviews here.

Some of you are going to laugh at that, because you read 15 books in a month, but I’ve always been a slow reader. So I’m going to try to finish a book every three weeks or so… about the time my library lets me borrow one.

And graphic novels don’t count.

I foresee a year of very few brick-sized epic fantasies, and a lot of mid-twentieth century crime thrillers.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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bedii
Jan. 2nd, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm not going to recommend any brick-sized fantasies...
...but if you read the crime novel Bucket Nut by Liza Cody (or presumably the two sequels, which I've never been able to find), or Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart your year will be worth it. Bucket Nut features a non-traditional protagonist living a life that, if she ever took the time to think about it, would make a stone cry. And Bridge of Birds convinced me that, even more than "Once upon a time," the best beginning to a story is "I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world."
burger_eater
Jan. 2nd, 2015 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not going to recommend any brick-sized fantasies...
I dunno about BRIDGE OF BIRDS, dude. I tend to bounce off of cult favorites.
bedii
Jan. 2nd, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not going to recommend any brick-sized fantasies...
In that case, I grant you the boon of renting it from the library and quitting it at the beginning if you decide that it isn't for you without reservations. I may have a bias because when I leant it to a girl it convinced her to give me a closer look: we've been married for some years now, On the other hand I once leant it to a top SF editor who saw absolutely no merit in it. Tastes differ.

If it wasn't so different from your preferred reading choices I'd also recommend Desperate Voyage by John Caldwell, but it's about as far from morose detectives as you can get.
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